Downsizing can be a lot to manage on your own, and it is easy to become overwhelmed with the entire process. That is where a case manager may be able to help. Sometimes called care managers and care coordinators, these professionals specialize in providing a number of services designed to aid individuals and families facing complicated situations such as downsizing. They will work with you to help identify goals, needs and resources in the most cost-effective manner possible.
For instance, a case manager can help consumers choose where they will move if they sell a current residence during the downsizing process. Case managers can be particularly helpful in a situation where a spouse has died and the surviving spouse needs to relocate to a more manageable living arrangement. Or if you or a loved one becomes too ill to properly care for themselves in their current environment and must relocate to suitable accommodations.
Regardless of your specific circumstances, there are some tips to follow when selecting a case manager. First, make sure the case manager has experience in the industry. Case managers may come from a variety of backgrounds, including social work and nursing. While certification is not required for case workers, it is available, and those who possess certification have gone through a rigorous process to obtain it.
Sometimes commercial health insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid will pay for a care manager’s services. Otherwise, care workers are privately paid by their clients.
Online resources are available to assist with finding care managers, such as this one. Licensed social workers who provide care management services can be located by using the National Social Worker Finder.